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    March basho 2021

    When Akiseyama was demoted to makushita in 2016 I wrote here that we probably had seen the last from him as a sekitori. I am happy to eat my words, because I kind of like the guy, but it is even funnier to read what others have predicted for him. I hope he gets his 8.
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    Probably soon. Or else he runs out of money and won't be able to frequent one himself.
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    Takanohana activities

    I noticed that too in that picture you posted in August last year. The only time I saw him in person he was very skinny, worryingly so, I would say. Also, when Kakuryu got his tsuna Taka still looked thin. Anyway, I hope he doesn't rely on the income from that diet-book he wrote some years ago.
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    Flat Earth Society and Sumo

    If the data is not public and the only other "proof" is anedoctal evidence, then it is not very surprising that people still believe the raised dohyo is a cause of injury. Also, data doesn't provide us with "facts" (objective entities existing regardless of perception), but only with the basis for our judgement, which in this case has to be a probability judgment, because science is inductive logic.
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    Trivia bits

    Kotomitsuki was older. When he was promoted to Ozeki back in 2007 the Kyokai released such a list, but I didn't save it.
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    Trivia bits

    To become one of the very few active Oyakata without a Yusho under their belt. He and moto-Dairyu as far as I know. But Dairyu had a very uneventful career record-wise.
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    Retirees- January 2021

    Kijuin started off as Yamashita, before becoming Kisenoyama and the Kiseoka. I was wondering about him last week. He got close to promotion once (3-4 at ms2w, 09.2015), but never had another chance, not even got close. In style he reminded me a bit of recently promoted Bushozan. Both are rather short (170cm), heavyweights, with a leaning towards oshi-zumo. I wish him the best of luck in whatever he tries to do. By the way, no Sagatsukasa. I would also expect to see Yoshiazuma and Dairaido making this list in the near future.
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    Juryƍ promotions for Haru 2021

    Bushozan went to Saitama Sakae High, the same school Goeido developed his skills at (and also Yago, Tsurugisho). I remember him drawing some attention at the early stages of his career, with 5 kachikoshi in a row leading to a promotion to makushita. He was just 19 and agile - for someone his size - with a decent attacking sumo. Soon he faded and so did my interest in him. I thought that his height (170 cm) couple with a very heavy weight would be a barrier difficult to surmount, but he has arrived.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    That's a very good reason not to promote him outright, but at least the conversation should have been brought up methinks. Maybe I am not reading the right papers.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Maybe they are not in the mood. Baruto managed a very decent Ozeki run, but they made him work a bit more just because. My very uneducated guess is that an insider tips the press that so-and-so is being regarded as a likely Ozeki candidate and only then they publish it. If you are a journalist, it is not your job to ask questions no one has asked you to. At least, in a couple of places I lived it works like this. As a side note, I think everyone saw that hair pull, and with some practice you don't even need a slow-mo replay, but it is better to look the other way. Or as Murray Johnson said after a famous Ozeki got his 8 on senshuraku in a very lethargic bout : "some things are better left unsaid". But today was a happy day. Fujiazuma has finally put an end to his 23-bout losing streak.
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    Trivia bits

    Thank you for the thorough answer. I don't know why I forgot about Kitaharima, but it probably has to do with the fact that his sekitori basho are somewhat scattered in his record, but he is certainly a good name.
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    Trivia bits

    Today, while catching up on makushita( thanks mt Fuji, by the way), I was reminded of Daishoho. The most conspicuous thing about him was how unconspicuous his sekitori record actually looks. No double digit finish in 17 outings. Even Kobo, of all people, managed a 10-5 in his 9th "attempt", and Tokushinho in his 15th. Is it some kind of record ?
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    Videos (all days) - Hatsu 2021

    Today I started to catch up with your videos and a bout made me curious. Arikawa faced Maniwayama on day #1 but neither has been included in your list.
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    Hi! What's happened while I was gone?

    You missed Sugishita, but luckily you came just in time to catch the peak of Hattorizakura. On a more serious note, pretty much what was said in the first reply, plus Asashoryu's dominance from 2003-07, which highlighted the difficulty of the Super Nintendo Generation raised in the 90's to catch up with strong and ambitious rikishi from abroad. The one foreign per heya rule and the fact that some foreigners have clinged to their posts despite their decline or lack of success has helped Japanese younger generations a tad bit.
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    How to get back into Sumo after a long time away?

    I am sorry to hear about your poor health. I hope it improves. In a way it is good that you have forgotten almost everything about sumo. I believe that most of us enjoy sumo the most when we can't really tell rikishi apart and don't know what to expect from a bout. This fresh look is part of the fun. That aside, all the references that you must have used before are probably still there. Try watching some sumo and then checking here and elsewhere for things you don't know but would like to. I feel it is more productive than trying to store loads of information without any context.